We'll be back stronger says Gyan


After losing the 2015 African Cup of Nations title to Ivory Coast on Sunday, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan believes the Black Stars have more young players and they benefited from the tournament to come back stronger.

Ivory Coast claimed their second Nations Cup title on Sunday when goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive goal to end a 23-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought by winning 9-8 on penalties after the final ended 0-0 following extra time. 

Ghana captain and star striker Asamoah Gyan passed a late fitness test on his injured hip and returned in place of semi-final scorer Jordan Ayew, a son of Black Stars legend Abedi 'Pele' Ayew.

"We had the chance to win tonight but that's football," Gyan said after the game.

Ghana allowed a winning position to slip by after Ivory Coast missed their first two spot-kicks. After 22 kicks, Ivory Coast recovered to win 9-8 and lift their second African title.

"We apologise for that," Gyan said.

"I’m very sad but I cannot fault our performance. We have young players who are very good, so we hope that we can come back stronger."

Ghana have won the Cup of Nations four times but their last conquest was 33 years ago, while the Ivoirians only triumph was in 1992 and, ironically, it was at the expense of Ghana.

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